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Atlanta logs dramatic turnaround in homelessness

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By JAIME HENRY-WHITE
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Homeless veterans and other chronically homeless people are being helped by the hundreds in Atlanta, a city that for years has struggled to keep people off the streets.

The city is well on its way to meeting its goal of finding homes for 800 people this year, with already more than 700 in homes.

Jake Maguire, communications director for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, says Atlanta is a true turnaround story that has made a great deal of progress in a short time frame. The campaign is a national group working to find permanent homes for 100,000 of the nation's most vulnerable homeless.

Veterans are getting help from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, too. Nationally, the VA is increasingly viewing homelessness as a permanent problem - not a temporary one.

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